Recorded Session: Answering the Call: Steps Towards Decolonizing Your History Organization/Museum

Recorded On: 10/11/2021

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Session Description

Answering the Call: Steps Towards Decolonizing Your History Organization/Museum is a Pre-Recorded session of the 2021 AASLH Online Conference.

Panelists discuss actions they have taken to do justice TO history through decolonization and inspire colleagues through multiple examples presented. Attendees will work together to find creative solutions to specific issues they are facing at their historic sites and suggest concrete steps they can take.


Chair: Katherine Burlison Curator at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
Katie Burlison is Curator at HGGHH. A native of Mobile, Alabama, she holds a B.A. in French from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in the History of the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Katie is passionate about historic preservation, art and architectural history, and the nineteenth-century history of New Orleans. In addition to maintaining the museum’s two historic houses, she has curated several exhibits at HGGHH and elsewhere on such topics as Newcomb Pottery, motherhood in the 19th century, the French Opera House, and Acadian sculptor Pierre Joseph Landry.
*Ms. Burlison was unable to be on the recording however participated in the creation of the presentation.

Tessa Jagger Executive Director at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
Tessa Jagger is Executive Director at HGGHH. Prior to holding this position, she was at The National WWII Museum where she produced content including its first podcast and the Suncoast Emmy Award winning documentary Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière, narrated by Mark Harmon. Ms. Jagger spent a decade working for Discovery, Inc. where she fine-tuned her skills in the digital arena. With then subsidiary Antenna International she worked on award-winning audio and multimedia guides for museums (including numerous AAMs MUSE Awards for Audio and Visual Tours and a Jodi Award for best Digital Access Onsite).

Anastacia Scott, Ph.D. Director of Educational Programming at Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
Dr. Anastacia Scott is Director of Educational Programming at HGGHH. Her research interests include African American history, critical museology, public history, and racial identity development. Major works include curating African Heritage of New Orleans: 300 Years in the Making, Holdings from Amistad Research Center, Xavier University of Louisiana, Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana Creole Research Association, Louisiana Research Collection, SUNO, and Louisiana State Museum; and Amistad on-the-Go! - a digital educational website to support the Common Core standards of grades 6 through 12 by providing humanities and arts-centered activities on themes such as Slavery & Abolition and the Reconstruction Era.


RECORDED DATE: October 11, 2021

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